Get to know some of your friendly Portland Aquarium staff members!



Marine Biologist

Markus has a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology from Texas A&M University, and specializes in reef tanks, saltwater fish, marine mammals, and raising King Penguins! He has seven years experience performing professional aquarium design, installation, and maintenance.

“I find the best way to have people care about the oceans is to show them the animals that live there. Not everyone can scuba dive or visit the world’s reefs, but everyone can come to the aquarium.”





Biologist, Avian and Herpetology Curator

Kourtney has a Bachelor of Science in Organismal Biology from Portland State University. She specializes in animal training and is an expert with birds, reptiles, and amphibians. Kourtney has seven years experience as an intern and volunteer in the bird, family farm, and educational animals areas of the Oregon Zoo where she worked with a variety of birds, reptiles, mammals, and amphibians with a focus on penguins, terns, birds of prey, lorikeets, and a variety of water fowl.

“I developed my love for animals and nature as a child living in the country. I was fascinated by reptiles and amphibians from an early age and would spend hours near ponds or in fields just to find them. My passion for birds began when my internship with the Oregon Zoo bird keepers started and has been a large part of my life since.”




Micaiah has a Bachelor of Science in Biology from University of Oregon. He specializes in coral care and propagation. He also has expertise with tropical marine fish, sharks, and rays. Previous to joining the team at Portland Aquarium,

Micaiah worked at Aquatic Solutions, Liquid Sunshine, and Pet Time as a saltwater specialist. He also completed an internship with the Hawaii Insitute of Marine Biology researching coral reproduction and husbandry.

“I have been keeping and propagating marine fish and coral for almost 10 years. I intend on turning this passion into my career by obtaining my PhD in coral ecology and doing research on the world’s coral reefs.”